Monday, November 12, 2007

Thoughts on the Farm Bill

As the Farm Bill wiles its way through both chambers of Congress, there have been a number of issues that have come up regarding animals. Given the complication and size of the bill these issues shift on an almost daily basis. Therefore, when I've seen them pop up, I've rarely posted anything about them, which is a mistake. Some of them would squarely impact the way the law affects animals in Florida.

Earlier this year, for example, the house added amendments to the Farm Bill that would end the end the sale of random source dogs and cats to research through the hands of Class B dealers and would bar the use of live animals in sales demonstrations of medical devices. HSUS reported on those amendments here and is encouraging people to contact the Senate to have similar amendments passed in that chamber.

In any event, I intend to start paying more attention. One thing that is clear about the current draft of the farm bill is that it will not include any radical changes. Along those lines, I recently finished reading Michael Pollan's best selling book The Omnivore's Dilemma, which offers a powerful critique of food and politics. Pollan recently wrote an article for the New York Times that lists some of the problems with the current draft of the farm bill.

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